A friend of mine gave me a copy of True Love Story by Willow Aster. I had heard some great things about this book and wanted to read it. I added it to my Wish List on Amazon and, as a true enabler she is, she sent me the book. God, I love her! I loved her even more when I finished with this story. Oh my, oh my, oh my! Let’s go…
Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.
Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn’t so simple.
Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.
**I wrote this hoping to not have any spoilers.**
Sparrow is our main female character. She seems very sheltered in the beginning of this story. She is the daughter of a preacher, wears loose clothes, and doesn’t seem to have much of her personality showing through. She is getting ready to head off to college in New York and everything she knows is about to change. We go along for that ride… the ride that takes her from a sheltered girl to an independent woman. She really makes me upset at times during this book. I want to go and hug her for her pain but strangle her for what she does to Ian. Because, I love Ian. Poor Sparrow learns the hard way that not all men are good, not all women are nice, and everything doesn’t always go the way you hope they do.
Ian is our main male character. Oh Ian. Sweet, broken Ian. Ian is a rock star with a past to prove it. I found it interesting that Ian was so much older than Sparrow. I guess he just seemed immature to me in so many ways. He seems to be the typical playboy that makes you want to hide your daughters away. I am not sure what Sparrow’s parents were thinking when they let her leave with him. I mean, I know she is a grown woman and all, but I think I would have tried harder to hide her away. Ya know, lock her in the closet she loves so much or something. Ian breaks my heart when he breaks Sparrow’s. I am not sure I could forgive him. (You are dying to know now what he did, right?)
As far as Laila is concerned, ugh. I didn’t like her from the very beginning. She seemed to be a needy, angry person. She seemed to want all the attention, and boy did she get it. I wanted to rip her hair out by its roots. I know that sounds harsh but you have to trust me that she is evil. She used Ian’s insecurities against him for her own good. Darn woman is evil. I mean it!
My final thoughts
I breezed through this book in one day. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing it. I cried. Darn it Willow Aster, I cried! I cried at the beginning, the middle and the beautiful end. I wanted to hurt your characters and hug them. I wanted to crawl into bed next to poor broken-hearted Ian. I wanted to be the one that he sang to and sent his letters to.
I loved this book. This is a 5 star read! I freaking loved this book. Oh, did I already say that? If you haven’t heard of it… umm, where have you been??? It is climbing the ranks as you read this. If you haven’t read it, go buy it! You won’t be disappointed!
Disclosure: I am writing this review of my own free will with no benefit to me other than sharing a beautiful book with my friends. The Amazon is an affiliate link.